|The Madison Family Cemetery, complete with iron gate nameplate, brick walls and obelisk markers. Madison's grave is seen past the gate.|
|James Madison's grave with Dolley's behind it.|
|Quite different is the slave cemetery. No markers exist and the sparse grounds give little indication of the existence of graves.|
|This is the grave of an unidentified slave. It's hard to see it here, but the only indication is a slight depression in the earth.|
As much as the Founding Fathers spoke out about all men being created equal, this didn't seem to stop them from owning some of these 'equal' people; Madison was no different.
He is said to have been against slavery, writing in a Letter to R. H. Lee, July 17, 1785, "Another of my wishes is to depend as little as possible on the labour of slaves."
He additionally wrote in a Letter to Robert J. Evans, "[I]f slavery, as a national evil, is to be abolished, and it be just that it be done at the national expense, the amount of the expense is not a paramount consideration."
That being said, although he was described as a 'kind' master, this certainly does not change the fact that he WAS a master and did own human beings who existed to do his bidding.
|This railroad station and Post Office sits right outside Montpelier. Of note is the presence of two waiting rooms, one for Whites, and a much smaller version for Coloreds. The station dates to the Jim Crow era of 1910.|
|Portions of the tracks are not used anymore and are slowly being reclaimed by nature.|
|Nearby Esso station.|
|Sign marking the station stop.|